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UMass Amherst Music & Dance Announces February Lectures

Event Date: 
Friday, February 3, 2017 - 1:00pm
Friday, February 17, 2017 - 2:30pm

UMass Music & Dance Announces Lectures for February

AMHERST (MA) – Next month, the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will present two lectures as part of the ongoing their Research in Music series. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

On Friday, February 3, Psyche Loui, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Wesleyan University, will present a lecture titled “Emotion and Creativity in the Musical Brain.” Professor Loui is director of Wesleyan's MIND lab (Music, Imaging and Neural Dynamics), where her team has explored the brain networks that enable strong emotional responses to music and observed the effects of training in musical improvisation on brain and cognitive structure and function. The lecture will take place starting at 1:15 p.m. in room N400 of the Integrated Learning Center.

On Friday, February 17, Jason Yust, Assistant Professor of Music, Composition and Theory at Boston University, will discuss his research into such topics as geometrical music theory, eighteenth-century music , and the empirical study of the cognitive basis of tonal music. The lecture will take place at 2:30 p.m. in room 272 in the Music Wing of the Fine Arts Center.

For more information, please visit  or call 413-545-2227.